Research for insight into fuel cell design

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ENGINEERS from Lancaster University are working with a clean-tech company that has developed a new generation of fuel cells, that could revolutionise energy supply to homes and businesses.

Experts from research centre Energy Lancaster are working in partnership with Ceres Power, a developer of low cost, next generation fuel cell technology used in combined heat and power (micro-CHP) systems. Ceres Power’s fuel cell technology has the potential to transform gas to electricity and heat at the point of use for homes and businesses.

Following funding of £230,000 from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Energy Lancaster scientists and engineers will help improve Ceres Power’s understanding of the materials used to manufacture its steel cells.

Richard Dawson, lecturer in Engineering at Lancaster University, said: “We will be working with Ceres Power over the next three years to help them to gain new insight into their innovative fuel cell design.

“This technology has significant potential to change the way power is distributed, bringing greater efficiency to fuel use, which has obvious environmental benefits, but also helping to reduce bills for homes and businesses.”